Snapshot by Lis Wiehl

Snapshot by Lis Wiehl

Two little girls, frozen in black and white. One picture worth killing for.

Federal prosecutor Lisa Waldren’s estranged father wants her to investigate a cold case from his FBI days. Lisa nearly refuses, even though a wrongly convicted man faces execution for murder. Then her father reveals a photograph: a little white girl playing alongside a little black girl at a civil rights rally in 1965 where the crime—the shooting of a civil rights leader—took place. She recognizes herself in the photo.

She was there.

Lisa agrees to help, resolved to boldly seek answers she’s skirted for decades. What she discovers are layers of deception, both personal and professional, reaching as high as the head of the FBI. Possibly even the president.

And though Lisa and the other girl may have escaped the 1965 shooting physically unharmed, her little friend, now grown, bears the scars of it. All because of the colour of her skin. As Lisa and her father get closer to the truth, the real killer turns the hunt around.

Three and a half years ago I read Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl and I vowed then I would read another title by the author. I have finally managed to accomplish what I set out to do so long ago and boy am I glad I did. My only regret is that it has taken me so long to pick up another book! That won’t happen again.

Forget a terrific cast of characters and a well thought out story, take that as a given, the winner for me here is the racial backdrop of 1960’s America. Brutal at times, unforgiving and extreme at others, the way Lis Wiehl portrays the south is nothing short of extraordinary. You feel part of the conflict, the tension, every ounce of friction and act of danger. It’s breathtaking at times.

The civil rights movement, the birth of the Black Panthers, the KKK and the assassination of JFK, Snapshot covers it all. It’s incredibly hard for me to understand what people went through in those troubled times, I simply didn’t live it, and although there are pockets around the world who still believe in racial inequality that was prevalent all those years ago, society has thankfully moved on. We now live in a world where black and white can not only share the same bus, we can use the same toilet, we can even hold hands, kiss and heaven forbid marry! Yes, it’s true and thank God for the change. The world is a better place for it and it’s thanks to people like Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks for beginning to make that change possible.

Inspired by a personal photograph in the 60’s, Lis Wiehl came up with an idea and she ran with it and the result is a fascinating thriller with numerous twists and turns throughout. You have a fairly good idea what’s going to happen but until that final chapter closes you can never be certain. She keeps you on your toes that’s for sure.

Relationships play a pivotal part in this book and although I’m not going to cover them in this review, I have to leave something for you the reader to discover, they are well thought out and developed. I don’t think there was a character I didn’t like in the book, good or bad. You can’t ask for more than that.

The book is more than just a work of fiction, it brings to light a dark era in our world’s history. Informative and imaginative, Snapshot is one not to be missed.

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